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Mr. Dickens and His Carol Media List

Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, films, and music to enhance your experience of Mr. Dickens and His Carol, adapted from the novel by Samantha Silva, on stage Nov. 25 - Dec. 23, 2022 at Seattle Rep.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol 
by Silva, Samantha
Book - 2017

A down-on-his-luck Dickens struggles with writer's block as pressure to write a Christmas book rises. As he walks his beloved London in search of inspiration, he finds it in a mysterious stranger who takes him on a journey that will inspire A Christmas Carol and re-invent Christmas. This novel is the basis for the play Mr. Dickens and His Carol.

Charles Dickens
A Tale of Ambition and Genius 
Streaming Video - 2010

This episode of A&E's Biography television series documents Dickens' life as well as the lasting impact his work has had on Western literature and popular culture.

By Clinch, Jon 
Book - 2019

This chilling reimagining of the origins of the relationship between Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge begins in their youth and follows their immoral business schemes and the choices that haunt Scrooge even before Marley's death.

Inventing Scrooge
Inventing Scrooge: The Incredible True Story Behind Dickens' Legendary A Christmas Carol 
By DeVito, Carlo 
Book - 2014

"Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens' own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale." - Publisher's Copy

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition 
By Dickens, Charles 
Book - 2017

This special edition of A Christmas Carol reproduces the original manuscript in facsimile, complete with Dickens' notes and revisions. The book also includes a typeset version for easy reading.

Selected Short Fiction
Selected Short Fiction 
By Dickens, Charles
Book - 1985 

Discover more of Dickens' shorter works in this collection. Be sure to check out "The Signal-Man," about haunted trains, possibly inspired by several actual train accidents of the period.

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens: An Introduction 
By Hartley, Jenny 
Book - 2016 

English professor Hartley provides readers with a thoughtful, concise introduction to the major themes and characters of Dickens' novels, as well as a brief biographical sketch of the author.

The Man Who Invented Christmas
The Man Who Invented Christmas
DVD - 2018 
Based on the book of the same name, this 2017 biographical comedy-drama film stars Dan Stevens as Dickens and follows him through the conception and creation of A Christmas Carol.

The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Christmas Carol
DVD - 2005

Gonzo plays narrator Mr. Dickens in this Muppet-filled musical based on the book. Famed British actor Michael Caine agreed to the role as Scrooge in order to create a film that his 7-year-old daughter could see.

The Artful Dickens
The Artful Dickens: Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist
By Mullan, John 
Book - 2020 

"In thirteen entertaining and wonderfully insightful essays, John Mullan explores the literary machinations of Dickens's eccentric genius." - Publisher's copy

DVD - 1999

With Bill Murray in the Scrooge-like role of Frank Cross, a greedy, cynical TV executive visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, this 1989 dark comedy reimagined Dickens' tale and has become a cult classic Christmas film.

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens: A Life
By Tomalin, Claire 
eBook - 2011

"The tumultuous life of England's greatest novelist, beautifully rendered by unparalleled literary biographer Claire Tomalin." - Publisher's copy

The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories 
Volume Five 
Book - 2021

A Christmas Carol is a ghost story, and if you're looking for something a little different for the holidays, look no further than this series of short stories published by Dickens' contemporaries. Sure to add a bit of spooky to your festivities.

Dinner With Dickens
Dinner with Dickens: Recipes Inspired by the Life and Work of Charles Dickens 
By Volger, Pen 
Book - 2017 

"Recipes and menus from the novels and the household of Charles Dickens... Dinner With Dickens celebrates the food of Victorian England by recreating dishes the author wrote about with such gusto, and enjoyed in real life." - Publisher's Copy


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